ECHL’s Stockton Thunder grab OT win with Clark winning goal

story courtesy of acadiau.ca 06/05/2013 5:50 pm

WOLFVILLE, N.S. – Former AUS and CIS men’s hockey Most Valuable Player of the 2011-12 season has once againandrew_clark_action found success in hockey, this time with the Stockton Thunder of the East Coast Hockey League in Stockton, CA.

Named as an AUS All-Star this past season, Clark finished second in the AUS this season with 14 goals and 18 assists in 28 games. He hit an AUS career high of 15 goals and 24 assists last season as the conference’s point leader and CIS MVP.Read more »

A great influence on so many people

story courtesy of the chronicle herald, May 4, 2013 – 10:12pm By STEVE BEZANSON Sports Reporter

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Connie MacNeil passed away this past Thursday. He was 84. This photo was taken at Acadia Arena in January 2010, prior to the 60th anniversary of him scoring three goals in a six-second span. (ERIC WYNNE / Staff / File)

His record of 3 goals in 6 seconds during an Annapolis Valley Senior B Hockey League playoff game at the old Acadia Arena on Feb. 27, 1950 might always be cause for debate among hockey purists.

But one thing that will never be disputed is the character and charisma Connie MacNeil exhibited as an educator, academic administrator, coach and athlete. A native of Reserve Mines, MacNeil, 84, passed away on Thursday.

“I just saw Connie in church last week and he was his normal, cheerful self,” said Nova Scotian sports historian Burton Russell, a lifelong friend of MacNeil. “And to suddenly hear he’s gone, I’m just shocked. But he sure had a great life and a great influence on so many people.Read more »

Character, experience key for LU men

By Ben Leeson, Sudbury Star

Craig Duncanson is the new head coach of the men's hockey team at Laurentian University. JOHN LAPPA/THE SUDBURY STAR/QMI AGENCY

Craig Duncanson is the new head coach of the men’s hockey team at Laurentian University. JOHN LAPPA/THE SUDBURY STAR/QMI AGENCY

While building the first Laurentian University men’s hockey team in 13 years, head coach Craig Duncanson has focused as much on what’s between prospective players’ ears and inside their chests as on what they can do with their hands and feet.

“We have recruited extensively and surrounded ourselves with as many quality ju nior players as possible, guys who have been captains in leagues across Ontario and a few from out west and from Quebec,” Duncanson said. “These are leaders, captains and that’s how we’re trying to create that culture, by adding good character people.Read more »

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22 April 2013 Last updated at 10:49 GMT

Nottingham Panthers: Brandon Benedict re-signs

Nottingham Panthers import forward Brandon Benedict has signed a new contract to stay with the treble-winning side for a third season.

Benedict, 30, who joined the Panthers in 2011 from Belfast, played 65 games in Nottingham’s Elite League, Challenge Cup and play-off triumphs last term.

Coach Corey Neilson, who recently signed a contract extension, said retaining the Canadian is a major coup.

“He was a primary target for us,” Neilson revealed.Read more »

T.J. Colello Published on January 01, 2013

Glace Bay defenceman has skated for Klagenfurt AC the past five seasons

SYDNEY — Kirk Furey has had a long, professional hockey career. He’s played at a few levels in North America and has skated in Europe for the past nine seasons, so you would think he’s seen it all.

fureyThat was until he skated alongside 6-8, 227-pound Buffalo Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers.
“He’s probably the tallest guy I’ve ever played with and bar none the best skater for a guy that big,” said the 36-year-old blue-liner from Glace Bay. “He’s unbelievable. He’s like a gazelle out there.“Personally, I don’t know if you’ll ever see a guy skate like that again at that size. I’ve been away a long time and I watch NHL games on television. I remember watching him in his first year and saying to myself ‘Oh my God,’ but to play with him, he can skate.”Read more »

FORMER ECHL MVP ADDED TO SOLAR BEARS ROSTER

Orlando, FL – The Orlando Solar Bears announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Kevin Baker.

player-bakerBaker (6’1”, 192 lbs.) brings proven goal-scoring ability to the Solar Bears. The Kingston, Ontario, native was a member of the Stockton Thunder last season and led his team in goals (27) and points (56) while finishing fourth in assists (29). He posted 39 points in 39 games in Italy two seasons ago, and spent both 2008-09 and 2009-10 as a member of the Florida Everblades. During the 2008-09 season, Baker led the ECHL with 57 goals and 102 points while being named the league’s MVP and was selected as an ECHL First Team All-Star.

His ECHL experience includes stops in Florida, Texas, and Johnstown, totaling 168 goals, 185 assists, and 353 points in 317 games played. Along with his First-Team All-Star selection in 2008-09, Baker was chosen as a First-Team All-Star in 2006-07 when he picked up 81 points (35 goals, 45 assists) in 62 games with the Texas Wildcatters.    Read more »

UPEI PANTHERS LOSE ASSISTANT TO NOTRE DAME

Story courtesy of hockeyscene.com CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI, July 20, 2012

Kris MacdonaldMidget and junior hockey programs are accustomed to losing top players to the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Saskatchewan and it’s Hounds and Argos hockey teams. Now a university men’s hockey team has lost a coach to the hockey factory.
University of Prince Edward Island Panthers assistant coach Kris MacDonald has accepted an offer to work with the midget hockey teams and teach at the co-educational, Catholic, college preparatory boarding school for students in Grades 9-12.Read more »

PaulMcFarlandJuly 19, 2012 (WOLFVILLE, N.S.) – Former Axemen hockey player Paul McFarland was appointed as an assistant coach for the OHL’s Oshawa Generals on Wednesday.McFarland, who will work under newly appointed head coach DJ Smith, left a previous profession in accountancy to complete an Education degree at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, before landing the coaching position with the Generals.While at Acadia from 2007 to 2010, McFarland captained the Axemen for three of his four seasons. His experience at Acadia has guided his aspirations to enter field coaching of Canadian hockey.

“Acadia has given me so much, and is a big part of who I am today. I am forever grateful for the leadership opportunities and responsibility Coach Darren Burns gave me being at Acadia. The skills I was able to develop will hopefully make me a better coach”.Read more »

Dayton, Ohio – The Dayton Gems professional hockey team is excited to announce the return of Tim Hartung and the addition of goaltender Kristofer Westblom for the upcoming 2011-2012 Central Hockey League season.

Rejoining the Gems for his third season in a Dayton uniform, Hartung, a 27 year old native of St. Paul, Minnesota, adds utility to the club, spending parts of last season at both defensive and offensive positions. Notching 28 points in his 35 regular season appearances last season; he was also instrumental in the team’s first playoff appearance, earning a point in three postseason games against Rapid City. Gems head coach Brian Gratz offered praise on his comprehensive abilities on the ice, noting “playing both forward and defense for us last season, along with his exceptional play on the blueline, will allow Tim to pose a true duel threat on both ends of the ice this season.”Read more »

Midgley joins Mooseheads’ coaching staff

By WILLY PALOV Sports Reporter
Fri, Jun 24, 2011 – 4:55 AM

Jim Midgley is the latest addition to the Halifax Mooseheads’ bench.

The former Saint John Sea Dogs assistant coach will fill a similar role with the Mooseheads, joining Steve Hartley as an assistant to recently named head coach Dominique Ducharme.

“Jim brings tremendous communication and team development skills to our club,” Ducharme said in a news release. “He has a great reputation for growing players at this level and we look forward to him joining us behind the bench in Halifax next season.”Read more »